A MAJOR consultation exercise on housing has been launched by Sunderland City Council.

All councils require a housing strategy and a draft for Sunderland has been approved by Cabinet for public and partner consultation until Sunday June 25.

The feedback will be used to help shape the final Housing Strategy for Sunderland 2017 – 2022.

It is important that as many residents and partners have their say on this important subject which will guide the direction of housing in the city.

Residents can click onto http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/housing-strategy, pop into one of the City’s libraries or contact the council’s Housing Strategy Team to get a paper copy.

Once the consultation has ended comments will be considered and a final Housing Strategy for Sunderland will be produced and published this summer.

Sunderland City Council Head of Planning and Regeneration, Iain Fairlamb said: “The council has completed a major and extensive study of Sunderland’s housing situation.

“There are more than 120,000 households in our city and it’s a subject and issue that affects people’s quality of life and everybody has a view on it.

“This strategy is about setting out a clear direction on housing in Sunderland for the next five years.”

The draft Strategy identifies three main priorities in housing and the consultation seeks  views on:
• More housing and a bigger choice in the types of housing on offer;
• Making the best use of existing homes and improving our neighbourhoods;
• Supporting vulnerable people to get and stay in suitable housing

Iain Fairlamb added: “The strategy will help set a clearer direction so that everyone, from residents to landlords, to developers and businesses, is clear what our city has and what it needs.

“It is your housing, your neighbourhoods and your city so make sure you have your say.”